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Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Guardian is an essential role within Manchester University NHSFoundation Trust (MFT) for ensuring that our staff, students and volunteers are supported inspeaking up, that any barriers to this are addressed, a positive culture of speaking up in enabled andfostered and that issues raised feed into learning and improvement across the Trust.This role will operate independently, impartially and objectively alongside the Trust ExecutiveManagement Team and Senior Leadership Teams to support transparency and actively engage andenable all staff to speak up.The FTSU Guardian will provide confidential support and advice to individuals who need to speakup, and work with leaders throughout the organisation to provide a resolution to each concern raised.The post-holder will support and contribute to the MFT Speaking Up culture and deputise for theLead Guardian at regional and national FTSU meetings.The Guardian will develop and implement key elements of the Trusts FTSU Strategy such as creatingand implementing interactive and educational programmes for leaders at all levels. The post-holderwill develop and provide development and matrix management of the FTSU Champion network,supporting local Champions to embed a speaking up culture throughout MFT.

Main duties of the job

Assist the Head of FTSU to embed the FTSU service across the Trust, in line with NationalGuardian Office guidelines.o Lead on FTSU initiatives across the Trust such as those to reduce barriers to speaking upand increase engagement.o Expand and develop the FTSU Champion network.o Work with local Senior Leadership Teams to implement Hospital/MCS/LCO FTSUimprovement plans.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See attached job description - Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at MFT supporting the Speak up, Listen Up and Follow Up culture

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading.So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Educated to masters level and/or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of significant and relevant personal development through formal courses and/or experience


  • Coaching qualification



  • Knowledge of the National and local Speaking Up agenda and local systems
  • Experience of working with and bringing about positive change for disadvantaged, diverse and vulnerable people
  • Demonstrate a track record of facilitating change to the working environment
  • Previous experience in developing and delivering training in a variety of ways to a varied and diverse workforce.
  • Knowledge of the National and local Speaking Up agenda and local systems
  • Previous management of complex concerns and issues, in a management, staff side or governance role


  • FTSU Guardian experience
  • Experience of working in a regulatory capacity



  • Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills
  • Partnership building and relationship management
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement
  • Able to set own agenda and work independently to tight deadlines and to prioritise effectively against conflicting priorities
  • Ability to write clearly, making information accessible to a wide audience and present it clearly
  • Highly developed negotiating and influencing skills, overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance and reaching agreements
  • Problem solving skills and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands
  • Commitment to creating an open and transparent culture
  • Courage - speaking truthfully and challenging appropriately
  • Impartiality - remaining objective and unbiased
  • Empathy - listening well and acting with sensitivity Learning - seeking and providing feedback and looking for opportunities to improve


  • Time management and prioritisation



  • Able to maintain visibility in all geographical areas of the Trust through physical presence


  • Use of NHS systems

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Cobbett House

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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